I probably saw the ad a while back, but was reminded of it seeing it again on TV in the last day or so: a product called “The Removator Join-a-Jig”, that not only looks to be a direct competitor for the Kreg Pocket Hole system, but in many (many) aspects a direct copy.
So I am a little confused – is this a product that Kreg has allowed to use their designs for, do they get royalties (or something) for the Join-a-Jig, or is it a direct rip off?
What I can see is the method for setting different material thicknesses is the same (in concept at least), as is the method for setting the depth the drill bit operates. It uses the same style of dual diameter drill bit (with a pilot hole tip) etc.
I know (at least I have been informed) that Triton (for example) let the patent slip on the SuperJaws while it was owned by GMC, which is why there are so many companies out there making SuperJaws look-alikes. Did the same happen for the pocket-hole jig?
If you are intrigued by this over the Kreg system, and its $200 or so price tag……
And read the various reviews that are out there. They are not exactly positive.
Not to mention the bloody awful infomercial advertising they use!